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Potential Work Offer

Paul Hann
 

Hi all

I'm based in the North East and I'm looking for someone local who may be interested in transiting a small basic website from the last Freeway 7 Pro to the new Xway (b3) to be compatible with Catalina and Big Sur.

If genuinely interested please get in touch.

Many thanks

Paul


Re: Xway b3 is here!

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Keith,

It’s an incomplete list. Menu creation is something we are planning to look at!

Rollover trickery: I don’t know if or when we will support old-style JavaScript rollovers — but hover styles are already supported, and we could develop that further.

Jeremy


Re: Xway b3 is here!

ThatKeith
 

Is support for menu creation and rollover trickery on that list of future features?


Re: Xway b3 is here!

Michael M Grant
 

Looking forward to diving in!
Thanks, Jeremy!
~michael


Re: Xway b3 is here!

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Grant,

Cheers! We're aiming for regular updates, and 6 months seems to be how it's panning out.

Jeremy


Re: Xway b3 is here!

Carla Grande
 

thanks Jeremy !!!!


Carla Grande
Consultant & Website Designer
917 621 5550





On Dec 1, 2020, at 8:06 AM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi Grant,

 

There are a number of things we’re planning on adding, including master pages, tables, forms, Freeway import, and direct support for CSS flexbox.

 

I don't think there will be a “final version”. We’re planning to continue developing Xway for many years, and the beta versions we’ve been releasing are “release quality” rather than “beta quality” — but there will be a commercial (1.0) release at some point and we will then start charging for Xway (with upgrade discounts for Freeway users).

 

Master pages are high on our list of things to do, and I think they will be in the next beta or the one after that (we may release an intermediate beta with native support for M1 processors).

 

Jeremy

 


Re: Xway b3 is here!

grantsymon
 

Thanks Jeremy.

 

I love the steady, thorough and methodical approach you're taking.  Are you aiming at ~ 6 month updates, or is it just the way things are panning out?   (Apart from the little mini b3 a couple of weeks back)

 


Re: Xway b3 is here!

Jeremy Hughes
 
Edited

Hi Grant,

There are a number of things we’re planning on adding, including master pages, tables, forms, Freeway import, and direct support for CSS flexbox.

I don't think there will be a “final version”. We’re planning to continue developing Xway for many years, and the beta versions we’ve been releasing are “release quality” rather than “beta quality” — but there will be a commercial (1.0) release at some point and we will then start charging for Xway (with upgrade discounts for Freeway users).

Master pages are high on our list of things to do, and I think they will be in the next beta or the one after that (we may release an intermediate beta with native support for M1 processors).

Jeremy

 


Re: Xway b3 is here!

grantsymon
 

Thanks Jeremy!

I reckon I can now start moving my site across to xway. 😊

I'm wondering what else you're planning on adding before the final version ships?


Xway b3 is here!

Jeremy Hughes
 
Edited

We have just released Xway b3, the latest version of our next-generation program for visual web design.

You can download it from our web site: https://www.softpress.com/xway/

Xway includes a detailed reference manual, which you can access by choosing “Xway User Guide” from the Help menu. This also includes an appendix with a list of new features and cross-references to documentation in the user guide — this is a good place to start if you're upgrading from b2. If you're new to Xway, a good place to start is the introduction to the user guide, and the Xway tutorial (see below).

There is also a step-by-step tutorial and two sample documents, which are available from our website (click on “Xway Resources” in the Help menu). We revised the tutorial for b3.

New features in Xway b3:

  • Components (Exhibeo galleries or other content)
  • Pages and folders can be copied and pasted
  • Boxes can be copied and pasted
  • Text can be copied and pasted
  • Folders (and their contents) can be duplicated
  • Favicons
  • Web view
  • HTML view
  • Absolute boxes can be duplicated by Option-dragging
  • The content of markup items can be taken from an external text file
  • Cookies can be disabled for YouTube videos
  • Flow Root checkbox for container boxes
  • Extended attribute/property names and meta tag names can be edited
  • The Site panel can be hidden or shown
  • The Inspector panel can be hidden or shown
  • The way that h1, figure, and link elements are styled within Xway matches the way that they are styled in browsers
  • Auto punctuation (replacing double space with “. ”) is disabled in markup fields
  • Hex values that are preceded by # can be pasted into hex color fields
  • Improvements to YouTube and Vimeo iframe previews
  • Iframes have a default content size of 300x150 (as in browsers)

Bug fixes, including:

  • + and − buttons are visible in macOS 11 (Big Sur)


Re: Trying to use Exhibeo to create gallery pages - almost there?

Jeremy Hughes
 

We will be releasing Xway b3, with direct support for Exhibeo galleries, early next week.

Jeremy


Xway b3

Jeremy Hughes
 
Edited

We're planning to release Xway b3 early next week!

This is a list of new features:

  • Components (Exhibeo galleries or other content)
  • Pages and folders can be copied and pasted
  • Boxes can be copied and pasted
  • Text can be copied and pasted
  • Folders (and their contents) can be duplicated
  • Favicons
  • Web view
  • HTML view
  • Absolute boxes can be duplicated by Option-dragging
  • The content of markup items can be taken from an external text file
  • Cookies can be disabled for YouTube videos
  • Flow Root checkbox for container boxes
  • Extended attribute/property names and meta tag names can be edited
  • The Site panel can be hidden or shown
  • The Inspector panel can be hidden or shown
  • The way that h1, figure, and link elements are styled within Xway matches the way that they are styled in browsers
  • Auto punctuation (replacing double space with “. ”) is disabled in markup fields
  • Hex values that are preceded by # can be pasted into hex color fields
  • Improvements to YouTube and Vimeo iframe previews
  • Iframes have a default content size of 300x150 (as in browsers)

Bug fixes, including:

  • + and − buttons are visible in macOS 11 (Big Sur)
 


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Michael,

The Site folder is inside the document package - but that doesn't matter as far as the browser is concerned. A package is a kind of folder that looks like a single file, but actually contains a number of different files. You can open a package within the Finder by Control- (or Right-) clicking on it and selecting "Show Package Contents". But you should generally be careful about doing this. Xway will republish what is inside the Site folder if you accidentally delete any files that are there, but you can damage the document if you delete files that are anywhere else within the document package.

(Another example of a package is Xway itself. If you select "Xway User Guide" from the Help menu, Xway will open the user guide in Preview.app. You won't find it in the Finder, unless you choose "Show Package Contents", but Preview.app doesn't care.)

When you have the document open in Xway, and you see those three commands at the bottom of the File menu, are they enabled or disabled? If Preview or Publish is disabled, look at the Page Inspector and check to see if the Publish checkbox is turned on. It should be turned off for the Template page, but turned on for other pages. (You can turn it on for the Template page if you want to preview that, but the tutorial suggests that you turn it off after creating it because it's just a template rather than an actual page that you want to publish.)

Jeremy


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

Michael M Grant
 

Hi, Jeremy!
I spent some time searching last night. With the ‘Show Site’ command, I was able to locate the folder where Xway published. But this folder is not visible to my MacOS system. It doesn’t show up in my folder structure at all. Xway can show it to me, but I cannot navigate directly to it.

I believe because the folder is not visible to my system is why it doesn’t preview in browser.

I have the three commands for ‘Publish...’, ‘Preview...’, and ‘Show site...’ at the bottom of File menu.

~michael


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

Jeremy Hughes
 

I don't have any problems running b2.3 in 10.13.6: previewing and publishing both work fine for me.

What do you see at the bottom of the File menu?

There should be three menu commands:

Publish…

Preview…

Show Site Folder…

Show Site Folder may be disabled if you haven't yet published (there isn't a Site folder yet).

Publish should always be enabled, so long as there is at least one page in the document that isn't set to not publish.

Preview should always be enabled so long as the current page isn't set to not publish.

If Publish or Preview are disabled, check that the Publish checkbox isn't turned off in the Page Inspector. The tutorial suggests that you turn off Publish for the Template page after you've completed it, but it should be turned on for other pages.

Jeremy


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Michael,

Xway should run on 10.13.6 (High Sierra), but we haven't tested it on High Sierra recently.

I'll start up an old computer and see what is happening.

Jeremy


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

Michael M Grant
 

Downloaded b2.3 tonight and installed on MacOS 10.13.6.
Worked through the tutorial materials.
Xway would neither publish sites or preview pages.
Deleted the app and reinstalled. Same results with no publish or preview.


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

Mad Farquhar
 

Cool. Quick response to the bug chaps / chapesses


Re: Xway b2.3 is here

grantsymon
 

Impressive. :)


Re: Big Sur

John Whittaker
 

Well done. That is excellent!
John

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